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>> hello. you are watching the newshour live from our headquarters in doha. therefore declare -- >> the winner of kenya's presidential election has been announced, but his rival insists he is not giving up. a court verdict triggers anger across egypt. the police club and federation building are set on fire. the taliban carries out an attack in kabul to coincide with
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the visit of chuck hagel. and you've heard of dance shoes, but how about gps shoes? nyatta has narrowly won kenya's election. it was announced on saturday that the deputy prime minister took just over 50% of the voting. doing so, he avoid a runoff -- avoided a runoff against his nearest rival. headquarters of the opposition party. is he expected to speak shortly and announce his intentions? he has not conceded yet. >> we are waiting here for the prime minister to or arrive and basically tell the country what he is going to do next, if he is
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going to can see or if he will take this to the next step and take it to the supreme court. there's been a lot of speculation, particularly coming from those close to him that he will take the decision to court, that he will present evidence that he believes will change the results and turn it into a runoff to the supreme court. he has 7 days to do that. the supreme court has 14 days to respond. at the moment, if he does can is, then uhuru kenyatta president and will be inaugurated on march 26. >> let's take a bigger picture view of things. i have not seen much of a reaction so far to the selection from the international community. do you get the sense, being on the ground as long as you have during this process, that the election has essentially come
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off as being fair and transparent? i think certainly that is what international observers have found in their report. this is probably one of the most monitored elections in kenyan history with hundreds of observers around the country. they have come out and said they believe it is a fair decision, but i think we have to wait and see when the dust settles if this election is contested. so far, there has been a serious claims made against this election to the supreme court, no serious evidence presented that it was anything but fair and transparent. >> staying with the idea of a bigger picture view, what is next for this country? it looks as though at the moment at least, it has a president-
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elect who is a man who stands indicted by the icc. >> exactly. he is facing trial in just a few months at the international criminal court at the hague for crimes against humanity. very, very serious crimes. i think the issue now is how a senior diplomat is going to treat uhuru kenyatta. this is uncharted territory for them, having a president who is going to be in charge of a country. they will have to deal with him at some point, but diplomats that i've spoken to here in kenya have told al jazeera that they will have no non-essential contact with uhuru kenyatta. that is western diplomats -- people from the european union, americans. what happens if there is a
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conference in kenya and the british prime minister is there? will they be able to talk? these are all questions the need to be answered. >> we see there is a crowd gathering there. just give us a heads up when raila odinga appears to make his comments. angry protesters have set several buildings on fire in the egyptian capital. a police officer's club, and the football federation went up in flames. this is a scene from cairo where fans stormed the soccer federation's headquarters. these pictures also from the egyptian capital, where a fire has swept through a police club. protesters are angry over a court acquittal of police officers who were on trial for their alleged role in this deadly stadium riot last year. hours nown a few since the sentences were
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announced. if you would come and take a step back for us and remind us of the verdict and the sentences announced earlier today. >> the first thing that happened was that a judge walked in the courtroom and confirmed the 21 death sentences that were handed down in january to the rival fans of the club. after that, he then went through the 52 defendants that were on trial, getting their sentences, and most of them -- 28 out of the 52 -- were acquitted, including seven out of the nine security officials and police that were on trial, and that is what has caused most of the anger among the fans. if there is one thing these fans all have in common, it is hatred of the police and the feeling that they can act with impunity. >> to be fair about it, there has not been widespread violence
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in cairo. am i correct to say that in response to this court decision? >> yes, it is a valid point. the initial reaction by the fans was one of confusion over the verdict. then, some of them went towards the closest police building, which was that police social club, setting it ablaze. others to the football federation, setting that ablaze. apart from that -- we should say that both those fires have now been contained. apart from that initial reaction, we have not seen the widespread anger and violence that we were expecting. i think at the end of the day, a lot of people here, especially the fans, our thinking that enough blood has been spilled over the last few weeks over this incident, and they are aware of the high stakes when they go out in protest. >> and get -- i take your point,
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but there is one issue that has the potential to always spark up again. the question really does hang out there as to why -- yes? i cannot ask that question because we need to get back to kenya now. we understand that the prime minister, raila odinga, is speaking. what he has to say is very important in terms of the future of the country. >> we understand this is a pivotal moment in our history. you have created a new can get out of the ashes of the one that was nearly destroyed and the terrible violence which followed the tainted elections of 2007. it took five long years to .ebuild this beautiful country
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our people have embraced an unprecedented new order of that will deliver a society contained in a new constitution that is the envy of the world. , the fourth monday of march, we all watched with butter gratitude the turnout as kenyans waited patiently permit hours long delayed to vote for the people they want to lead them. experiencedhiccups, in implementing a smooth and transparent election, kenyans were convinced that their faith in democracy would be translated
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into completely credible elections which would unite the country. working against them was the failure of virtually every instrument deployed for the elections. the service, the telephonic transmission, the electronic voter verification kids -- they all failed, despite the billions .pent on acquiring them electronic tallying was discouraged, and voting began anew. that, too, turned out to be a flawed exercise. there was massive tampering with the final register of voters.
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the turn of crisis began with our adjuncts' being expelled from the voting center. thus making verification of the result impossible. voter registration numbers were andced in our strongholds added in others. in number of voters listed the final register was different from the captured in the coats and election results that iadc announced. friday, the results of the presidential vote were announced. but the results had already been announced the day before.
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the figures in the friday announcement gave me different figures from the one announced a day earlier. what caused the difference? tos is not the time to point other examples of rampant illegality. that time will come. there had been a massive public to ensure that this entrenchwould firmly democracy and the rule of law. the commissioner and took a -- undertook a study to
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allow them to verify the new president. it is clear that the constitutional process of electing a new set of leaders to take as to the next level has been thwarted by another tainted election. this is not what kenyans in vision. this crisis is not just about the iadc. eighthsis is the very the king is a place in their institutions to respect the democratic rights and rule of law. it is democracy that is on trial. we would readily consider if they had considered deliver a reasonable election or even had
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addressed the serious concerns presented to the commission three days ago. we have no other vested interest. it was abolished that it was not possible to know who won the 207 election. we thought this would never happen again. it most regrettably has happened. , with a new, independent judiciary, most kenyans have faith will uphold
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the rule of law and will abide by its division. we will therefore should move to courts to challenge the outcome announced a few hours ago. we want to appeal to all kenyans that respect the rule of law and the constitution of which they are so proud. let the supreme court determine if the result announced by the iebc is a lawful one. we are confident that the court will restore the faith of canyons in the democratic rule of law. violence now could destroy this nation forever. , look uponrefore each other as brothers and sisters whose national bond should not be broken. thank you, and god bless kenya.
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pausing -- [applause] a some money lines to pursue jump out at you right away -- so many lines. goinggot a little q&a right now. let's listen in. ok, actually speaking in swahili. what are the headlines? the prime minister started his remarks by saying that democracy is on trial right now in kenya. he is promising to take this challenge to the courts. there is first an interim body that will hear the challenge, but he is promising to go all the way to the supreme court. he also said there has been another tainted election. i'm just going through some of
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the bold headlines from the statement from the prime minister, but i will defer to you on this. at the very least, this is not an election fight that is over. we have, in the words of the prime minister, another election crisis. >> i cannot speak too loudly because the press conference is still going on right behind me, so i have to speak quietly, but one of the key things that he said very interestingly was he said that after the last election in 2007, it was not possible to know who had won said thision, and he is happened again. he said this time what is different is the country has a new judiciary, and they have faith in the judiciary that it will uphold the rule of law, and he will abide by the decision of
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the judiciary. what he is talking about is that supreme court judiciary since 2007 has been reformed. there will be a panel of judges who will listen to his complaints about the election. very interestingly, what he actually said was flawed in this election -- he was talking about the fact that despite people having waited patiently, despite people having voted in huge numbers, he believes that the whole exercise was flawed in terms of not only the verification of the results but also the fact that a voter stronghold, in his he says, was not correct. he also referred to one particular location, which he believes is a stronghold of his, which he said the iebc announced the results before and
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then announced them again, pointing to that as being flawed. all of this is extremely important. the country will have to wait and see what the reaction on the streets will be, but the key is really he has told people that he will be going to the courts. he has told people he wants to go to the rule of law. >> just to draw down a little bit more on this, i'm wondering, just because you have been following this so closely, did raila odinga or any of his people make these complaints, the electronic system is failing, the voter counts -- was he making these complaints either on election day or in the days immediately after the election? >> a few days after, the vice president of the country, his running mate, did come out at a press conference and accused
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doctoring of the votes. he also said that the whole electronic system had failed and that that was an issue. yes, they did come out and complain, but they have to really wait for the final results to come out before they can go to court, before they can go to the supreme court. >> if you look at and listen to his tone, what his demeanor as he delivers his remarks, it is a man who obviously disagrees with this outcome, but he was very measured in how he delivered his statement. one can only hope that his followers to take that tone and assume his patience in waiting for this process to play out and not to vent their anger or frustration over the results. >> i think generally from speaking to people on the
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streets, even his supporters, they will say that they want this to go to the court. they believe in the judiciary of kenya, but i think part of the problem here is how far is raila odinga willing to take this? this is a man who has tried three times now and failed to become president of this country. he tried in 1997 and again in 2007. we all know what happened then when he disputed the election. he has politics in his blood. as a politician who was vice president of his country, he has been in and out of politics for most of his life. it is difficult for him at 68 years old to let this go, to truly believe that he does not have a right to be president after trying so hard so many times. i think that is the issue -- where do we go from here? he has 7 days to file his complaint.
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>> is it true he cannot run again because of his age? according to election law and the constitution, he cannot run as a 70 year old? he is 68 now, and by the time of the next election, he will be .oo old to run >> in kenya, i think people really believe that a person who is in his 70's should not be starting their run for the presidency, but i think that for him himself, he believes he will not be able to run in five years' time. but it is very interesting. if you look at his party and the coalition accord, really, the party that he represents depends
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on his leadership. he has been the man who has represented his party and his people for years now. it is very difficult for people to accept out on the street, four supporters, that this could possibly be the beginning of the .nd of raila odinga >> appreciate it. thank you very much. and, of course, another of our top stories is the situation in egypt. as you know, a court there has upheld the death sentences for masri owers of the al
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football team. we want to get the view. and the debt is there for us. i am curious. it has been ours since the court decision was rendered. what have you seen in the hours since that decision was announced? >> apart from military helicopters flying almost continuously overhead, and i'm sure you will hear them in the background as i speak, we are seeing something remarkable unfold. you may be aware that this has been a city racked by conflict for days and days now. not only the supporters of the football team here, but the wider civilian population ending their outrage as what they see as first of all, a miscarriage of justice in the court case, and secondly, the unfair political training of their community interests. 21 men wrongly sentenced to death in their view.
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plus, a police crackdown, which has left nearly 50 civilians dead since the end of january, saying theyhere represent absolutely unjustifiable act against them. right now, it is the most peaceful it has been for weeks, and that is because in part, the football fans, the football club have come out and said enough people have died over this issue, and they are trying to keep things quiet. we had an attempt earlier on today to block the suez canal. some of the protesters tried to put some kind of blockade across it, and the military are actually being charged because the police are being relieved of their duties. they are going out into a military patrol vessels, brought the protest boat back into port, and everything now is pretty settled. the community are not at war
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with the army. they have a good relationship with the army, and the view is to make their feelings known, but today, not to do anything that might further inflame the situation. >> terrific. good to talk to you. thank you. let's remind you of how we got to this day in egypt -- violence broke out in port said between the local club and the visitors. as the match ended, local fans flooded onto the pitch, attacking the cairo team players and fans. 70 people died, mostly visiting supporters. an egyptian court has upheld 21 death sentences for fans involved in the right of the nine police
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